Instructor: Ilona Popper

Dates: 5 sessions: Fridays; Oct. 6, 13, 27, and Nov. 3, 10 (no class Oct. 20)

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Location: Pilgrim Congregational Church Limit: 7

Price: $290

Memoirs, poems, nature journals, essays, fiction—writing takes root from the first words you put down on paper. As your ideas take shape on the page, they change, develop, and may even surprise you. This seminar teaches an organic way of writing, drawing from your unconscious, creative mind, with its genius for associations and voice, and evolving naturally into revision and craft. Participants will discuss writings with the group, learn techniques, draft new pieces in session, and practice identifying the core of each piece.

Ilona Popper, poet and freelance writer, has coached writers and taught writing and literature for more than forty years. She is the author of the poetry book, Break, and her poems have appeared in journals and anthologies, including the Beloit Poetry Journal and Elk River Book’s Unearthing Paradise. Ilona has written documentary scripts for Bob Landis Wildlife Films and articles about wildlife, drawn from her life at the edge of Yellowstone National Park. Her website is










MSU Wonderlust is a high-quality community resource for lifelong learning for the Bozeman area.  Here is university-quality instruction by experts in a huge number of subjects, some multi-week courses, some one-off events.  These offerings come free of homework, exams, or papers: The MSU Wonderlust experience is just a chance to learn new things or review things we’d already studied.  It's also an opportunity to meet people with a wide variety of interests.

The Winter/Spring offerings begin with a reception at the Pilgrim Congregational Church from 4 to 6pm.  It's a chance to meet with the course instructors and side-trip presenters; find out more about their plans.  

Gerry Wheeler, President of Friends of Wonderlust